The table below looks at the statistics for SMTP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMTP over the 3 months to 3 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
Rank 488 481 413
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -68
Contract jobs citing SMTP 125 111 144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.21% 0.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.57% 1.53% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 68 74
Average daily rate
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£375 £380 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% +16.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 11
Average hourly rate £25.00 - £20.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 - £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.60 - £21.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 - £19.75

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

SMTP
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMTP within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMTP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SMTP
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMTP within the UK.

SMTP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SMTP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

SMTP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SMTP
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMTP within the UK.

SMTP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SMTP
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

SMTP Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SMTP
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -18 120 £373 -1.97% 46
London -1 49 £345 -11.53% 14
South East -3 35 £398 +6.00% 16
Berkshire +23 16 £398 - 4
North West -4 12 £400 +77.77% 1
City of London -8 12 £341 -2.50% 5
Maidenhead - 10 £398 -
West Midlands +1 7 £300 +7.14% 1
East of England -7 6 £475 +62.39% 2
North East - 6 £300 -
Surrey -3 5 £388 -13.88% 4
Hampshire -6 5 £425 +30.46% 4
Buckinghamshire - 5 £200 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £300 -
Aylesbury - 5 £200 -
Worcestershire - 5 £288 -
Tyne and Wear - 5 £300 -
Reading +5 4 - - 3
Redditch - 4 - -
Newport - 4 £400 -
Liverpool - 4 - -
Manchester - 4 - - 1
Wales - 4 £400 -
South Wales - 4 £400 -
Merseyside - 4 - -
Chester 0 3 £400 +77.77%
Cheshire -1 3 £400 +77.77%
Camberley -7 3 £400 -13.04%
Yorkshire -18 3 £344 +25.00% 2
Essex - 3 - - 1

SMTP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SMTP also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMTP.

1 124 (56.11%) Windows
2 120 (54.30%) DNS
3 95 (42.99%) Firewall
4 92 (41.63%) Microsoft
5 87 (39.37%) Active Directory
6 76 (34.39%) Cisco
7 72 (32.58%) VPN
8 71 (32.13%) HTTP
8 71 (32.13%) VMware
9 69 (31.22%) SSL
10 65 (29.41%) WAN
11 61 (27.60%) LAN
12 60 (27.15%) TCP/IP
13 54 (24.43%) SQL
14 53 (23.98%) VMware Infrastructure
15 52 (23.53%) ITIL
16 48 (21.72%) SAN
17 44 (19.91%) UNIX
17 44 (19.91%) Linux
18 43 (19.46%) Windows Server 2008
19 40 (18.10%) CheckPoint
20 39 (17.65%) SNMP
20 39 (17.65%) IIS
21 38 (17.19%) MS Exchange
21 38 (17.19%) Citrix
21 38 (17.19%) MPLS
21 38 (17.19%) Security Cleared
22 34 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
22 34 (15.38%) Perl
23 33 (14.93%) FTP

SMTP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SMTP also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMTP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 39 (17.65%) IIS
2 38 (17.19%) MS Exchange
3 27 (12.22%) Apache
4 22 (9.95%) SharePoint
5 14 (6.33%) Tomcat
5 14 (6.33%) IBM Notes
5 14 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (4.52%) WebSphere
8 9 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2003
9 8 (3.62%) Lotus Domino
10 7 (3.17%) JBoss
10 7 (3.17%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (2.71%) GroupWise
12 5 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (2.26%) Office Communications Server
12 5 (2.26%) Oracle Workflow
13 4 (1.81%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (1.81%) Apache Solr
13 4 (1.81%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 31 (14.03%) MS Excel
2 29 (13.12%) MS Visio
3 10 (4.52%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (4.07%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.62%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (2.71%) SaaS
3 5 (2.26%) Office 365
4 4 (1.81%) PaaS
5 3 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.45%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 120 (54.30%) DNS
2 95 (42.99%) Firewall
3 72 (32.58%) VPN
4 71 (32.13%) HTTP
5 69 (31.22%) SSL
6 65 (29.41%) WAN
7 61 (27.60%) LAN
8 60 (27.15%) TCP/IP
9 48 (21.72%) SAN
10 39 (17.65%) SNMP
11 38 (17.19%) MPLS
12 33 (14.93%) FTP
13 31 (14.03%) Internet
14 25 (11.31%) DHCP
15 24 (10.86%) Network Security
16 23 (10.41%) Cisco ASA
16 23 (10.41%) LDAP
17 15 (6.79%) HTTPS
17 15 (6.79%) SSH
18 14 (6.33%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (14.48%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (7.24%) MySQL
4 8 (3.62%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (3.62%) Big Data
5 7 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (2.26%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.26%) Oracle Database
7 5 (2.26%) Relational Database
7 5 (2.26%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.81%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.90%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.90%) InfluxDB
9 2 (0.90%) Oracle9i Database
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.90%) Sybase ASA
Development Applications
1 8 (3.62%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.71%) Subversion
3 4 (1.81%) JIRA
4 3 (1.36%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.90%) SoapUI
5 2 (0.90%) MSBuild
5 2 (0.90%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.90%) Selenium
5 2 (0.90%) Fiddler
5 2 (0.90%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.90%) NCrunch
5 2 (0.90%) NUnit
5 2 (0.90%) NSubstitute
6 1 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.45%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.45%) ClearQuest
General
1 27 (12.22%) Finance
2 13 (5.88%) Banking
3 10 (4.52%) Military
4 7 (3.17%) Retail
4 7 (3.17%) Back Office
5 5 (2.26%) Law
5 5 (2.26%) Legal
6 4 (1.81%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.81%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.36%) Front Office
8 2 (0.90%) Electronics
8 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.90%) Marketing
8 2 (0.90%) Billing
9 1 (0.45%) French Language
9 1 (0.45%) Publishing
9 1 (0.45%) Games
Job Titles
1 28 (12.67%) Administrator
2 27 (12.22%) Architect
3 21 (9.50%) Analyst
4 20 (9.05%) Systems Administrator
4 20 (9.05%) Infrastructure Architect
5 15 (6.79%) Consultant
6 14 (6.33%) Developer
7 12 (5.43%) Network Engineer
8 10 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (4.07%) Infrastructure Manager
9 9 (4.07%) Linux Administrator
10 8 (3.62%) Server Engineer
11 7 (3.17%) Security Engineer
11 7 (3.17%) Exchange Engineer
12 6 (2.71%) Messaging Engineer
12 6 (2.71%) Linux Engineer
12 6 (2.71%) Network Architect
12 6 (2.71%) Linux Systems Administrator
12 6 (2.71%) Field Engineer
12 6 (2.71%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.14%) Web Services
2 15 (6.79%) .NET
3 7 (3.17%) ASP.NET
4 6 (2.71%) XML
5 5 (2.26%) CSS
5 5 (2.26%) HTML
5 5 (2.26%) Middleware
5 5 (2.26%) EDIFACT
5 5 (2.26%) WCF
6 3 (1.36%) LINQ
6 3 (1.36%) jQuery
6 3 (1.36%) Ajax
6 3 (1.36%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.36%) REST
6 3 (1.36%) Entity Framework
6 3 (1.36%) JDBC
6 3 (1.36%) SOAP
6 3 (1.36%) EDI
6 3 (1.36%) JMS
7 2 (0.90%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.86%) Clustering
2 23 (10.41%) PKI
3 21 (9.50%) Data Centre
4 11 (4.98%) Client/Server
5 10 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (4.07%) Replication
7 8 (3.62%) Public Cloud
7 8 (3.62%) Blackberry
8 6 (2.71%) Management Information System
9 5 (2.26%) Statistics
9 5 (2.26%) Computer Science
10 3 (1.36%) CESG
11 2 (0.90%) Cryptography
11 2 (0.90%) DTV
11 2 (0.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.90%) SecurID
12 1 (0.45%) Mainframe
12 1 (0.45%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.45%) VSAM
12 1 (0.45%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 124 (56.11%) Windows
2 44 (19.91%) UNIX
2 44 (19.91%) Linux
3 43 (19.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 34 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 27 (12.22%) Solaris
5 27 (12.22%) Windows 7
6 16 (7.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (2.26%) Debian
9 4 (1.81%) CentOS
10 2 (0.90%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.90%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.45%) zOS
11 1 (0.45%) Android
11 1 (0.45%) AIX
11 1 (0.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (23.53%) ITIL
2 29 (13.12%) Project Management
3 19 (8.60%) Kalman Filter
4 16 (7.24%) Performance Tuning
5 15 (6.79%) Service Management
6 14 (6.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 13 (5.88%) Data Analytics
7 13 (5.88%) Analytics
7 13 (5.88%) E-Discovery
7 13 (5.88%) Capacity Management
7 13 (5.88%) Load Balancing
7 13 (5.88%) Patch Management
8 11 (4.98%) Configuration Management
9 8 (3.62%) Process Management
9 8 (3.62%) Network Design
9 8 (3.62%) Data Architecture
10 7 (3.17%) SIEM
10 7 (3.17%) Network Monitoring
10 7 (3.17%) TOGAF
10 7 (3.17%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 54 (24.43%) SQL
2 34 (15.38%) Perl
3 32 (14.48%) Python
4 24 (10.86%) Shell Script
4 24 (10.86%) C
5 19 (8.60%) PowerShell
6 15 (6.79%) C++
7 11 (4.98%) C#
8 8 (3.62%) Java
8 8 (3.62%) PHP
9 7 (3.17%) VBScript
10 6 (2.71%) Bash Shell
11 4 (1.81%) JavaScript
12 3 (1.36%) T-SQL
12 3 (1.36%) VB.NET
12 3 (1.36%) ActionScript
12 3 (1.36%) ActionScript 2.0
13 2 (0.90%) F#
13 2 (0.90%) VBA
13 2 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 38 (17.19%) Security Cleared
2 31 (14.03%) Microsoft Certification
3 30 (13.57%) SC Cleared
4 21 (9.50%) Cisco Certification
5 13 (5.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 12 (5.43%) MCITP
6 12 (5.43%) Degree
7 11 (4.98%) CCNA
8 9 (4.07%) CCNP
8 9 (4.07%) DV Cleared
9 7 (3.17%) MCP
10 6 (2.71%) MCTS
10 6 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (2.26%) Citrix Certification
11 5 (2.26%) Microsoft Certified Master
11 5 (2.26%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 4 (1.81%) CCSE
12 4 (1.81%) VCAP
12 4 (1.81%) RHCE
13 2 (0.90%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (3.17%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.71%) SLA
4 2 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 87 (39.37%) Active Directory
2 53 (23.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.60%) vSphere
4 17 (7.69%) Hyper-V
5 13 (5.88%) Sendmail
6 12 (5.43%) XenDesktop
7 11 (4.98%) XenApp
8 8 (3.62%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (3.62%) vCloud
8 8 (3.62%) ISA Server
9 7 (3.17%) VMware ESX
9 7 (3.17%) NFS
10 6 (2.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (2.26%) HDFS
11 5 (2.26%) Postfix
11 5 (2.26%) Forefront TMG
12 4 (1.81%) SpamAssassin
12 4 (1.81%) XenServer
13 3 (1.36%) iptables
13 3 (1.36%) qmail
Systems Management
1 16 (7.24%) MIMEsweeper
2 12 (5.43%) MAILsweeper
3 11 (4.98%) Nagios
4 10 (4.52%) MOM
5 9 (4.07%) ARCserve
5 9 (4.07%) SCOM
6 8 (3.62%) Puppet
7 6 (2.71%) WSUS
8 5 (2.26%) Zenoss
8 5 (2.26%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (1.81%) SELinux
10 3 (1.36%) HP SIM
10 3 (1.36%) OpenAM
11 2 (0.90%) Ansible
11 2 (0.90%) Hyperic
11 2 (0.90%) logstash
11 2 (0.90%) Kibana
11 2 (0.90%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.90%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 92 (41.63%) Microsoft
2 76 (34.39%) Cisco
3 71 (32.13%) VMware
4 40 (18.10%) CheckPoint
5 38 (17.19%) Citrix
6 31 (14.03%) NetApp
7 29 (13.12%) Juniper
8 28 (12.67%) HP
9 20 (9.05%) Oracle
10 19 (8.60%) Dell
11 16 (7.24%) Brocade
12 15 (6.79%) Clearswift
13 14 (6.33%) Lotus
13 14 (6.33%) Blue Coat
13 14 (6.33%) IBM
14 13 (5.88%) CA
14 13 (5.88%) CommVault
14 13 (5.88%) McAfee
15 12 (5.43%) Websense
16 11 (4.98%) Symantec
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